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Memphis Grizzlies Postgame Report
Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Morant’s 40 points not enough to beat Lakers in 121-118 defeat

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • All 5 Grizz starters scoring in double digits.
  • Steven Adams' first grizzly double double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies used a 14-6 run to jump out to an early lead in the first quarter.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Carmelo Anthony and the Los Angeles Lakers in the final minutes at Staples Center on Sunday.

Anthony piled up 28 points, 12 in the fourth quarter, on 6-of-8 shooting from three to help push the Lakers past the Grizzlies. Anthony Davis scored 22 points with eight rebounds and four blocks while LeBron James racked up 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Russell Westbrook posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Ja Morant delivered another highlight-filled performance with 40 points and 10 assists, going 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Desmond Bane added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists and Steven Adams posted a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

The Grizzlies used a 14-6 run to jump out to an early lead in the first quarter, but a two-minute scoring drought gave the Lakers a window to take control. Davis notched 10 points in the quarter as the Lakers put together 22-7 to take a 29-24 lead.

The Grizzlies rallied behind Morant in the second quarter, but the Lakers found an answer for every push to hold a 62-56 lead at halftime. Morant went 4-for-5 from 3-point range to lead all scorers with 17 points in the first half.

The two squads went back and forth with nine lead changes in the third quarter. Morant piled up 10 points, six assists and two rebounds in the period to give the Grizzlies a 90-87 advantage with one quarter to play.

The Lakers looked to pull away with timely shot making from Anthony and James in the fourth quarter. With the Grizzlies down three points with 2.5 seconds left, Kent Bazemore fouled Morant on a 3-point attempt; with Morant missing the last of his three free throws, the Lakers escaped with a victory over the Grizzlies.

Next Game

The Grizzlies’ West Coast road trip continues with a matchup against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. CT. Fans can tune in to Bally Sports Southeast or listen live on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notables

  • Morant delivered another highlight-filled performance with 40 points and 10 assists, going 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
  • Steven Adams posted his first double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
  • Desmond Bane added 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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